What are your recommendations for a small breed that does not shed and does well with children?

asked 2016-03-28 00:25:39 -0600

Just had our first child who is now 10 months and she loves dogs. So we're looking to get another family member. Looking for a small breed that does not shed since we don't want the little one eating hair. In the running right now are Brussels Griffon, Cairn Terrier, and Italian Greyhound. Would love other recommendations!

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Toy Poodle! I have a toy poodle, almost No shedding, almost odorless! Super friendly to all people including kids.

Ivy T.'s profile image Ivy T.  ( 2016-04-16 21:12:28 -0600 ) edit

I also wanted the same characteristics on a dog and found her through http://Petfinders.com She had been posted by a rescue group in our area. She is a fantastic dog . Great personality, friendly to my cats, other dogs and people. She seems to be a mix of three different breeds.

Rosaura S.'s profile image Rosaura S.  ( 2016-05-01 23:36:57 -0600 ) edit

Dachshunds are awesome and pretty docile little critters in my experience. Also, my sister has a rat terrier/chihuahua mix, with some training (they tend to be barkers, or yippers to be more specific) she is now a little guardian of my 6 and 8 year old nieces!

Kyle K.'s profile image Kyle K.  ( 2016-06-08 11:57:17 -0600 ) edit

Poodles, shihtzu, clhuahua, ...have had each and mine all love children....personally, in your sitation, i would go with a lab.

Paige B.'s profile image Paige B.  ( 2016-06-15 16:06:30 -0600 ) edit

Shih Tzu! So loving.

Alexya B.'s profile image Alexya B.  ( 2016-06-21 16:24:51 -0600 ) edit

Grew up with Cock-a-poos. I'm 57. I married my "Only Big Dogs" loving husband 17 years ago. He thought this breed would be a lap dog. Mine is 16 lbs., non-shedding/hypoallergenic, fantastic with Grandchildren, other dogs, a hiker, adaptable, SMART, trainable. He is in love. So fun! Highly Recommend!

Cathy D.'s profile image Cathy D.  ( 2016-06-24 11:58:16 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2016-05-24 15:18:04 -0600

It sounds like you're not necessarily looking for a hypo-allergenic dog, but a shed-free / little-shed dog. As Margaret noted, most hypo-allergenic dogs will need grooming which can be quite costly.

Big dogs can be just as, if not more, tolerant of kids than little dogs. It is their personality and trainability that you are looking for. Training is essential for any dog in a household with kids - both training for the dogs and teaching the kids to be respectful of the dog.

Look for a short-haired dog with a great personality: Boston Terrier (my favorite!), Boxer, Bulldog, Pitbull (they have a bad rap, but they can be just as friendly and gentle as a lab), etc.

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I love my 4 year old Maltipoo! (maltese/poodle) She has been the best companion since day 1. She does not shed and is hypo allergenic, but does need a good grooming about 1x a month. I brush her teeth, trim her nails, and clip her myself.

Susan M.'s profile image Susan M.  ( 2016-06-09 16:47:16 -0600 ) edit

I do not have small children, but have had kids and babies in my house and Lolly is wonderful with them. The baby will lay his head on her. She also enjoys a good walk in the morning, usually 2-3 miles or the dog park. She is perfect and I highly recommend!!

Susan M.'s profile image Susan M.  ( 2016-06-09 16:48:38 -0600 ) edit
answered 2016-04-13 17:26:24 -0600

I have severe allergies and have successfully owned the following "hypoallergenic" breeds: Mini Poodle, ShihTzu, Mini Schnauzer, and currently Havanese. Our Havanese are wonderful with our grandbaby and grandtoddlers. They love being part of the family. They don't shed and can be kept short. They prefer the sofa to the floor for family time. We show ours so keep them in full coat which requires frequent brushing. Havanese are small but sturdy little dogs. They don't require a lot of exercise but will have fun romping with your childen or going on walks. They are little clowns, not barkers, and will steal your heart.

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answered 2016-04-30 02:34:03 -0600

Any of the above breeds are good, as long as you actively teach your children how to treat dogs (no ear pulling, pushing, poking ect) While these are friendly breeds, as a rule no child should be left alone with a dog. Gotta keep kids and dogs safe :)

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